Associate Professor of Legal Practice
B.Sc. ; M.Sc. (London School of Economics);
LL.B. (King’s College London);
LL.M. (Leiden University)
Ran Chakrabarti is a dual qualified lawyer in England & Wales and India and a graduate of the London School of Economics, King’s College London and the University of Leiden.
Before embarking on a legal career, Ran interned with the United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York, having the opportunity to see at first-hand how international relations and international law compliment and conflict in practice.
Ran spent the first 6 years of his legal career in London and Singapore with the International Finance and Projects practices of Ashurst and White & Case, advising multinational corporations and global financial institutions on a range of complex cross-border transactions. He moved to India in 2007 to work with Amarchand & Mangaldas before establishing his own niche practice, advising foreign companies and financial institutions on their inbound India transactions and Indian companies on their outbound joint ventures and acquisitions.
Ran specialises in Project Finance, advising lenders, borrowers, sponsors and contractors on matters including bankability reviews, concession, EPC, O&M, supply and off-take agreements, loan agreements, sponsor support agreements, contractor guarantees and intercreditor and security issues. The global industry publication IFLR1000 recognizes Ran as a notable lawyer for Project Development and Project Finance.
Ran teaches and publishes in the areas of Project Finance, Cross-Border Insolvency and International Law, regularly contributing to industry publications on topics including risk allocation in project finance, civil nuclear liability, the UNCITRAL cross-border insolvency regime and India’s draft space law.
He has a particular interest in International Trade and Investment Law, International Arbitration and Bilateral Investment Treaties: he has spoken on the implications of Brexit for cross-border trade; addressed an audience at the EU in Brussels on investment in India; and submitted comments on India’s 2015 draft Model Bilateral Investment Treaty to the Ministry of Finance.
Ran also has an interest in natural history and has drafted suggested legislation for the protection and preservation of India’s fossil record, presenting at the Indian National Science Academy before the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister. He has further commented on draft legislation relating to proposed geo-heritage parks by India’s Ministry of Mines. His interests include ancient history, philosophy, classical music, trekking and a google image search might reveal that he is a keen amateur photographer and film maker!